2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander

2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander Comparison
2022 Nissan Pathfinder


2021 Toyota Highlander
$33,410 MSRP*

Starting Price on Base Trim

$35,085 MSRP
3.5L DOHC 24-valve Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG) V6 engine

Base Engine

3.5L V6 Direct Shift engine
9-speed automatic transmission


8-speed automatic transmission
6,000 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

5,000 pounds
148.0 cubic feet

Maximum Passenger Space

141.3 cubic feet
8 Passengers

Maximum Seating Capacity

8 Passengers

If you’re in the market for a new SUV, you are probably looking for something reliable and affordable, and that will usually narrow your search to Nissan vs. Toyota SUVs. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2021 Toyota Highlander are top-performing and highly-rated SUVs from their respective brands, but which one should you go for? Let Gunter Nissan of Martinsville put these two SUVs into perspective for you when it comes to the pricing, performance, and interior cabin. Find out more below in our guide! 

Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander: Price

While both brands offer vehicles at budget-friendly prices, the Pathfinder wins this round of Nissan vs. Toyota affordability as it starts at the lower price of $33,410 MSRP* while the Highlander starts at $35,085 MSRP. Not to mention, this is a 2022 Pathfinder model and the Highlander only has a 2021 model so far! This means you’ll be getting the latest and greatest from Nissan at a lower cost. Now, that’s a good value! 

Despite the 2021 Toyota Highlander having two more trim levels, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder offers optional packages on two of four trim levels, so you will be able to customize your new Nissan SUV as much as you would with a Highlander! You can even upgrade your SUV when you shop a Pathfinder at Gunter Nissan of Martinsville with our new vehicle specials and still pay less than what you would for a Highlander. 

Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander: Performance

With both Nissan vs. Toyota SUVs offering a relatively similar 3.5L V6 engine, you might be wondering how to choose which when it comes to performance. While the Highlander offers slightly more horsepower, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder offers a well-rounded performance among horsepower, torque, and towing capacity. If you tow around Danville often, then you will find the Pathfinder performance to match your needs more. Check out the specs for each respective base configuration below!

Nissan Pathfinder S FWD Performance Specs

  • 3.5L Direct Injection DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 284 hp
  • 259 lb-ft of torque
  • Towing capacity of 6,000 pounds

Toyota Highlander L FWD Performance Specs

  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 295 hp
  • 263 lb-ft of torque
  • Towing capacity of 5,000 pounds 

Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander: Interior 

Both SUVs can take up to 8 passengers on your Roanoke commutes, but when it comes to the Nissan vs. Toyota interior, the Pathfinder has a more spacious cabin. This Nissan SUV has 148.0 cubic feet of passenger space while the Highlander only has 141.3 cubic feet. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder goes beyond the passenger space to make sitting inside its cabin a memorable, comfortable, and relaxing experience with the following features. 

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Features

  • Available 12.3-inch widescreen featuring digital gauges
  • Available head-up display 
  • Wireless charging
  • Sound reduction
  • Available 2nd-row captain’s chairs & available 2nd-row center console
  • EZ FLEX® 2nd-row seating system
  • Available driver’s memory settings
  • Available Panoramic moonroof
  • Tri-zone automatic temperature control
  • Available remote engine start system
  • Motion-activated liftgate
  • Cargo-area under-floor storage

Shop Your New Nissan SUV at Gunter Nissan of Martinsville

Learn more about the 2022 Pathfinder trim levels and towing capacity before coming to our Ridgeway location to take it for a spin! Contact us with any questions and we will be happy to tell you more about this impressive SUV and how it can enhance your Martinsville drives. 


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